Tuesday 16 March 2010 

Swann Bowls England To 181-Run Victory

Swann Bowls England To 181-Run Victory
Swann Bowls England To 181-Run Victory
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England 599-6 dec. (Cook 173, Collingwood 145) & 209-7 dec. beat
Bangladesh 296 (Swann 5-90) & 331 (Zunaed Siddique 106) by 181 runs
First Test, Chittagong

England off-spinner Graeme Swann returned his maiden ten-wicket haul in Test match cricket as England beat Bangladesh by 181 runs in the opening Test in Chittagong.

It was a day for personal milestones as Zunaed Siddique's 106 was his maiden century and he and Mushfiqur Rahim (95) extended their sixth-wicket partnership to 167 before Swann had Siddique excellently caught, low down at slip, by Paul Collingwood.

Rahim fell five runs short of his century when he charged down the wicket and missed a straight ball and was bowled by Swann. He faced 232 balls, hitting 12 balls and earlier, Siddique was at the wicket for 292 deliveries, and he hit 17 boundaries, and Bangladesh's 300 came up with a six, one of three hit by Naeem Islam.

England were therefore forced to wait a little longer for victory though, Islam going on to make 36 and Shahadat Hossain 12 before England wrapped things up having dominated the match throughout, Swann finishing with figures of five for 127.

Stuart Broad chipped in with the wicket of Abdur Razzak, trapped in front for a duck while Tim Bresnan picked up his third of the innings when he had Shahadat caught behind and Naeem was finally caught by a diving Michael Carberry at midwicket to give Swann his ten-wicket match haul and England the match.

Bangladesh were bowled out for 331 having been asked to chase 513 to win.

Alastair Cook (173) and Paul Collingwood (145) were the chief run-scorers as England declared their first innings on 599 for six and after Bangladesh were dismissed for 296, they decided against enforcing the follow-on, declaring their second innings on 209 for seven.

Swann, who bowled 36 percent of England's overs, returned match figures of ten for 217, becoming the first Englishman to return a ten-wicket haul in the subcontinent.

The second Test begins in Mirpur on 20th March.

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